Mixed-Use Project Underway at ACC Highland Campus Redevelopment (VIDEO)

January 4, 2016 by Editor

Construction activity around the former Highland Mall property will be ramping up in 2016.

Austin-based Redleaf Properties is officially moving dirt on the first of its planned mixed-use projects at the former shopping mall site. Redleaf is teaming up with multifamily heavyweight Greystar on a 300-unit apartment complex with 5000-sf of ground floor retail. Locally, Greystar has developed several notable projects including Lamar Union and is currently building a 350-unit mixed-use project in the MLK Station TOD.

Highland Mall multifamily Greystar Redleaf rendering
Redleaf is partnering with Greystar to construct this 300-unit mixed-use project on a former Highland Mall parking lot. (Greystar)

Austin Community College (ACC) acquired the Highland Mall parcels between 2010 and 2011 with plans to transform the dying mall into a vibrant flagship campus surrounded by mixed-use development. To help realize their vision, ACC has partnered with private developers including Redleaf to transform over 40 acres of existing parking lots into residential, retail, hospitality, office, and parkland.

Phase I of the ACC Highland campus opened to students in the fall of 2014. Construction on Phase II, a “regional workforce innovation center” has recently commenced. That $152.8-Million project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

The Greystar mixed-use project is scheduled to open in 2017. Austin-based design firms Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and BIG RED DOG Engineering are among the firms responsible for the design. Stay tuned to BuildingATX as we continue to follow the transformation of the Highland District.

ACC Highland Master Plan Draft Map

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Written by Editor

Kelly D. is a local engineering and construction professional and the editor of BuildingATX.com. In his day job, he is currently overseeing several construction projects across greater Austin. His postings on this site are his own and do not represent his employer's positions, strategies, or opinions. You can reach him at [email protected]